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Occidental College

Educational Resources

Libraries

Music Library; Chemistry and Physics Reading Rooms (journals); access to 14,619 electronic journal titles; member of Link+, which gives students ability to access books at 30 member libraries in California and Nevada; access to Lexis/Nexis, Proquest and other online databases

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 482,386 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 1,230 current serial subscriptions.
  • 417,186 microforms.
  • 18,116 Audio/Visual items.
  • 4,000 e-books.

Museums & Art

Keck Theater; Mullin Studio and Art Gallery; Moore Ornithology Collection; Smiley Geological Collection; Morse Collection of Astronomical Instruments; superconducting magnet; vivarium; greenhouses

Computing

Requirements

  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 300 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 20 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 25 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 0 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 650 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,800 students can be on the network at once.

Services

Basic

nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, health insurance

Counseling

minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, birth control, religious

Career

on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, alumni network, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life

Housing

Overview

  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 70% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 17% of housing units are Singles.
  • 67% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 16% of housing units are Triples.
  • In total, there are 14 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 7% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.

Extracurricular

  • 60% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Dance Production; Da Getaway; Club Oxy; Founders Day; Winter Formal; Quad shows; First Tuesday speaker series; New Play Festival
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 109 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Chi Sigma (chemistry); Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music); Sigma Alpha Iota (music-women); Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics); Psi Chi (psychology); Mortar Board; National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Buddhist Meditation Group, Canterbury/Augsberg, Newman Catholic Community, LDS Student Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, Hillel, Progressive Christians Uniting
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Armenian Students Assn. ; Asian-Pacific Islander Alliance; Black Student Alliance; Chinese Culture Club; First Nations; EKTA (Southeast Asian Club); J@Oxy (Japan at Oxy); Korean Student Assn. ; MEChA/ALAS; Pilipino United Student Organization: Multicultural Alliance
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Blyth Student Investment Fund; Bad Movie Club; I Ka Poli O Hawai'i; Occidental Rock Climbing Club; Cloud 9 Snow/Surf Club; Queer-Straight Alliance; Anime and Asian Film Club; American Medical Student Assn. ; Chess Club; Occidental Dance Theater; Occidental Venture Assn. ; Student-Alumni Relations Club; History Society; OxyConscious; College Republicans; Oxy Dance Team; Opera Club; Rotaract; Ultimate Frisbee; Jazz Band; Occidental Review Arts and Literary Magazine; Sailing Interest Club; Rugby (men's and women's); Yoga Club
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Occidental Weekly (weekly)

Travel

  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Los Angeles (15), Burbank (9)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Los Angeles (6)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Los Angeles (6)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 66% of students have a car on campus

Employment

  • School employment is available.
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 3 fraternities
  • 1 fraternity houses
  • 6% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 4 sororities
  • 2 sorority houses
  • 13% of students are sorority members.

ROTC

  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (University of Southern California, University of California--Los
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (University of Southern California, University of California--Los
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, other

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